Following success in its home country of Canada, and a medal in the 2019 World Beer Cup, Maple Sports Ale is now available in the UK, brewed to the original recipe in Yorkshire.
Ontario beer and sports lover Rakka Rakkappan created the beer in 2017 out of frustration with the commercial lagers served at his favourite ice hockey games.
He wanted something with flavour and character, but still refreshing and easy to drink — ideal for discerning sports spectators and a great gateway beer for drinkers starting to explore craft.
Maple Sports Ale is a premium golden ale with a clean sparkle and a crisp, balanced, lightly fruity palate. It has notes of grain, lemon citrus, and ripe apple on the aroma, and a dry, moreish but not too bitter finish with lingering peppery hops.
The name refers to the Canadian national emblem: there’s no maple syrup in the beer, just classic malt, hops, and water, fermented with a blend of North American and English ale yeasts, unpasteurised for maximum flavour.
Rakka toured the UK in 2018, enjoying the excitement of the growing craft beer scene. He’s since teamed up with Hambleton Brewery, in Ripon, to share Maple Sports Ale with British drinkers and sports fans.